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The Westbourne Church community is involved in a number of fundraising initiatives. These include raising funds for the ongoing running of the church's ministry in the parish, the maintenance of the building, and specific projects. In addition, There are also fundraising events held throughout the year for local, national and international charities.
Contact details for the events can be found in the pew sheets available in the church. If you want to find out more but are unable to collect a pew sheet, in the first instance, please email the Parish Office.
If you are organising a fundraising event on behalf of Westbourne Church and want it to appear on this page, contact the Parish Webmaster.
If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer to help with church fundraising in 2017-2018, please contact the Treasurer. The Treasurer and the Fundraising Co-ordinator warmly welcome both suggestions and volunteers for our 2017 and 2018 programme.
Results of 2017 and 2016 fundraising activities can be found in later sections on this page. Thanks to everyone for their generosity and support of these events and to the organisers for all their efforts.
Supper Lectures - the final talk will be on Friday 23 November 2018. Further details on leaflet in the Welcome Area at St. John the Baptist Church. Thanks to all those who attended on Saturday 29 September 2018 and Saturday 20 October 2018.
Christmas Lunch 2018 - Saturday 1 December 2018, 10am-12pm, Westbourne Parish Hall.
Westbourne and Woodmancote Church Communities Christmas Lunch - Sunday 16 December 2018, 12.30pm for 1pm
Fundraising news from 2018 events
The appeal held in autumn 2017 to support works of restoration at Woodmancote Church has had a successful completion. We had set a target of £14,000.
Following an energetic campaign of events, the support of the PCC, and generous individual contributions from churchgoers and villagers throughout the parish, we have achieved a total of £21,500. This will allow us to pursue works in 2018, inside and outside, to restore the Church to its former glories. Well done!
First Friday Lunch on 7 September 2018 raised funds for the work of the Bible Society.
First Saturday in September 2018 - Ride and Stride. Could you get involved and support the churches historic church and our churches here in the Westbourne Parish? All you need is to choose from a number of routes to walk or cycle, and individually or with some friends and family, visit as many churches taking part on the day. You can walk or cycle at your own pace. You can collect sponsorship for the number of churches you visit or miles you cover. Ride & Stride is supported by the Historic Churches Trust.
> Ride and Stride UK (National Churches Trust)
> Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride
Saturday 4 August 2018 Parish Quiet Day. Andrew Doye was joined by a number of the church congregation for a quiet day in Birdham.
Organ recital – 20 May 2018, 7pm, Westbourne St John the Baptist Church
There is a long and distinguished tradition of music making at St John The Baptist Church, Westbourne, both in its worship life and as a concert venue. For the latest contribution to that tradition, the church presented an organ recital by the current Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral Kyoko Canaway.
Announcing the recital, the church’s Director of Music Stewart Taylor said: “We are fortunate at St John The Baptist to have a quite exceptional organ – certainly one of the best in West Sussex and a fine example of just how good a modern pipe organ can be. Its responsiveness and broad range of tone colours encourage artistic playing and make it suitable for organ music of all periods. Whilst the organ is much enjoyed by our regular congregation, we are keen to make it available to a wider audience. When Charles Harrison, organist at Chichester Cathedral, mentioned to me that they had a talented organ scholar this year it seemed the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling.”
Kyoko Canaway, who is also Organ Scholar Designate at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, performed a wide-ranging programme, including early organ music by Gibbons and Bruhns, moving to the Baroque master himself, JS Bach. She also demonstrated the versatility of the organ by playing music of a more Romantic style by two of the great French organist-composers, Vierne and Saint-Saens.
The Recital took place on Sunday 20 May 2018 at 7pm. Entrance was free, with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.
The next organ recital will be on Sunday 16 September 2018 at 7pm with Chichester Cathedral organist Charles Harrison
Each Friday during Lent an austerity lunch was held at Westbourne Parish Hall. The following donations were made to charities following this year's lunch series:
The Glen Lorne Fellowship, Zimbabwe - £170
Embrace the Middle East - £130
Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon - £160
The Children’s Society - £150
Jeel Al Amal orphanage, Bethany, Jerusalem - £230
Community of the Sisters of the Church - £180
A magnificent total of £1,020 – with grateful thanks to all who supported the lunches and to the Home and Overseas Committee for making them happen.
> Discover the news on events held in 2017 to raise money for the church and other good causes
> Find out about fundraising events held in 2016 in Westbourne Parish
If you wish to make a regular contribution to the Church the preferred method of giving is using the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Leaflets are at the back of the church or contact our Treasurer, Jonathan Kipling.
In response to enquiries, if you give via the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), you can ring PGS on 01452 835595 should you wish to increase your giving. You will need your 'PGS contact ID' (which is on the letter/email the PGS sent to you) and advise what you would like to give. If you can not find your contact ID or to find out more about using PGS, speak to Jonathan.
The church has stood for centuries at the centre of our village. It is a lovely building, which exists for everybody in the parish whether they attend church or not. For the church to continue to serve and to be enjoyed by village generations to come, a Trust was created in 1992 to assist financially with its restoration and repair. More details about the WCRT charity.